Opera San José: Moby-Dick

Opera San José: Moby-Dick

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Singing Greenhorn in Moby-Dick (Heggie/Scheer): February 6m
Covering Greenhorn: February 9, 10m, 14, 17m, 22, 24m

COMPANY PREMIERE! Moby-Dick is an opera based on the classic novel by Herman Melville. Set in 1820, it tells the story of Captain Ahab of the whaleship Pequod, who after losing one of his legs to a frightening white whale, becomes obsessed with finding and destroying the creature at any cost. Only one crew member, first mate Starbuck, realizes the deadly implications of Ahab’s obsession and the risks to the ship’s crew. Since its 2010 debut at the Dallas Opera, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaption of Melville’s classic novel has captivated audiences with its inventive storytelling, spectacular music, sets and visual effects. Performances conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor Joseph Marcheso; Kristine McIntyre serves as Stage Director.

Ahab - Richard Cox/Alex Boyer*
Greenhorn - Noah Stewart/Dane Suarez*
Starbuck - Justin Ryan/Eugene Brancoveanu*
Queequeg - Ashraf Sewailam/Babatunde Akinboboye*
Stubb - Eugene Brancoveanu/William Bryan*
Pip - Jasmine Habersham/Shawnette Sulker*
Gardiner - Trevor Neal/Vincent Grana*
Flask - Mason Gates/Chester Pidduck*
Tashtego - Kevin Gino/Nic Gerst*
Daggoo - Babatunde Akinboboye/Xavier Joseph*

Conductor - Joe Marcheso/Christopher James Ray*
Stage Director - Kristine McIntyre

* denotes February 6 performance

Baltimore Concert Opera: Der fliegende Holländer

Baltimore Concert Opera: Der fliegende Holländer

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Singing Erik in Der fliegende Holländer (Wagner): March 1, 3m

Wagner arrives at the BCO!  At the tender age of 26, Wagner was already beginning to reach the height of his compositional powers (he would follow this opera with Tannhauser and Lohengrin).  Based on Heinrich Heine's retelling of the legend, The Flying Dutchman is the story of a sea captain in a ghostly vessel cursed to sail forever for blasphemy, who can only be redeemed by the love of a faithful woman.  Every seven years, the Dutchman is cast ashore in search of a wife who will release him from his curse.  The sea captain Daland, enticed by promises of gold, offers the hand of his daughter Senta.  Senta falls in love with the mysterious stranger, but their hopes are dashed when his identity is revealed.  Senta's faithfulness is ultimately the Dutchman's salvation, but through her death rather than her love.

The Dutchman - Todd Thomas
Senta - Alexandra LoBianco
Erik - Dane Suarez
Daland - Justin Hopkins
Steuermann - Orin Strunk
Mary - Kate Farrar

Conductor - James Harp

Opera San José: Madama Butterfly

Opera San José: Madama Butterfly

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Singing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Puccini): April 13, 14m, 18, 21m, 26, 28m

This is Puccini’s heartbreaking love story of betrayal about an American naval officer who marries a young Japanese girl out of convenience only to leave her as she faithfully awaits his return. Set in 1890’s Japan, this is Puccini’s devastating saga of devotion, tradition, and sacrifice, and one of the most beloved operas of all time. Brad Dalton returns as Stage Director; Joseph Marcheso conducts.

Cio-Cio San - Maria Natale
Pinkerton - Dane Suarez
Sharpless - Trevor Neal
Suzuki - Renee Rapier
Goro - Mason Gates
Bonze - Philip Skinner
Yamadori - Ben Brady
Kate Pinkerton - Katherine Sanford

Conductor - Joseph Marcheso/Dennis Doubin
Director - Brad Dalton